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Pesticide Recertification

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WVNLA is offering a Pesticide Applicators Recertification session on Feb. 10, 2021 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. Attendees will earn 10 education credits through the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, applicable to categories 3, 4A, 4B, 7, 11 and 13C pesticide applicator licenses. WVNLA members attend at no cost. Non-members fee is $50.  Registration will open in January. WVNLA members will have early registration opportunity.

 

2020 Scholarship Winner

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Rennix Scholarship Winner is Grounded in Experience

Described by his professor as a “credit to our landscape architecture program,” Tyler Bailey adds the honor of being named 2020 WVNLA scholarship winner to his credentials. Tyler is a native of Poca working toward his bachelor of science degree in landscape architecture at West Virginia University. He was selected as the 2020 Marcus W. Rennix Scholar based on his impressive work background, professor recommendation, and academic record.

Although Tyler began his college career as a civil engineering major, his experiences working summers for his father, Terry Bailey, who owns a landscape business, L&T Property Solutions in St. Albans, drew him to a landscape architecture major.

“I am excited and dedicated to being able to incorporate sustainable designs and seeing my designs come to life in the field. I think it is extremely awesome to plan a design and watch it come to life. This is the main reason I chose the landscape architecture profession to pursue my career dreams,” Tyler said.

Early on, while working for his father, Tyler learned hands-on how to bid, design, plan, schedule, and build projects in the field. He recalls learning to drive a dump truck when he was 14 years old. Later, as a project manager, he learned to take a project from start to finish. The projects included retaining wall and patio construction, sod installation, and lawn irrigation system installation. He operated skidsteers and excavators, and learned estimating and training techniques.

 “Being able to acquire hands-on field experience has provided helpful knowledge that directly relates to my landscape architecture career while studying at WVU. I credit my father with providing me the proper opportunities and experience that directly resulted in being able to decide on my career path,” Tyler said.

Tyler says the guidance of both his father and his mother, Lisa Bailey, has played a key role in shaping him and the career he’s chosen. He watched the example set by his father, who started L&T Property Solutions when Tyler was very young.

Tyler’s classroom demeanor, leadership, performance, and work ethic impressed Assistant Professor Vaike Haas, who has instructed him in three courses. In his classroom and on projects, Vaike has observed Tyler exploring creative solutions and incorporating feedback from peers and instructors.

“He’s not afraid to take a chance or to learn from constructive criticism, and he is always willing to refine a concept to a finished design—markings of a strong designer in the making,” Vaike wrote in his recommendation for Tyler.

After graduation, Tyler hopes to find a position that will lead to a project manager job or perhaps toward starting his own firm as a licensed landscape architect in West Virginia.

“Being born and raised in West Virginia, I believe there are many opportunities to incorporate design elements and enhance a variety of locations across the state,” he said.

We wish Tyler well and congratulate him on being named the 2020 Marcus W. Rennix Scholar.

 

COVID-19 Resources

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As our members struggle to determine how to best keep employees safe and businesses going during the pandemic, reliable resources and guidelines can be hard to find. Useful resources may be found here:

AmericanHort

National Association of Landscape Professionals

United States Department of Labor

Nursery and Garden Center Guidelines

Policy Standards

OSHA Standards

Preparing Your Workplace

Returning to Work

WVNLA worked with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture to advocate for the inclusion of growers, landscapers and garden centers in the list of “essential” businesses as a growing number of states closed businesses deemed “non-essential.”

West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt and a representative of Governor Jim Justice’s office both confirmed that lawn and landscape maintenance and garden centers fall in the “essential” business category under the Governor’s COVID19 executive order and may continue to operate. Strict safety policies should be enforced, including hand and equipment sanitizing, maintaining social distance of six feet and sanitizing any gates, door knobs, or latches that crews might touch on customer’s properties. Garden centers may offer curb-side pick up for cautious shoppers. 

Growers and sellers of vegetable and fruit plants and fruit and nut trees are obvious contributors to the food supply and must remain open. During this crisis, many Americans will see the wisdom of growing their own food, as the did with Victory Gardens during war times. They’ll purchase those plants at garden centers.

Landscapers are partners in public health and safety, maintaining lawns and green spaces with special treatments to reduce disease-carrying insects and pests. Crime rates increase in areas where green spaces are unkempt. Tree trimming and removal services prevent structural and service line damage.

And let’s not forget the spirit-lifting powers of a flourishing landscape. Good luck to all of you!

Certified Professional Horticulturist Exam

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The next Certified Professional Horticulturist exam will be given on at 4 p.m. on February 10 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. The exam includes 100 multiple choice questions that cover material presented in the CPH study manual and 25 plants to be identified. Study guides are available for $60 for members and $100 for nonmembers.

To register to take the exam and/or order a study manual, complete an exam application here:

Register for this Event

Please note the education and experience requirements found at the bottom of the application.

 

Welcome New Members

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We welcome new members to West Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association. 

 

Advanced Tree & Lawn Care

Active member

Talicia Riffle

P.O. Box 876

Hurricane, WV 25526

304-397-6006

advancedtreeandlawncare.biz

Arborist, landscape design, construction and maintenance

 

Debbie’s Corner

Active member

Debbie Shanklin

2 Goshen View Drive

Kenna, WV 25248

304-859-1334

Educator, landscape maintenance, perennial nursery, nursery retail, wholesale nursery.

 

Greenscapes Lawn Care

Active member

Natasha and Joey Price

P.O. Box 661

Daniels, WV 25832

304-673-9314

Landscape maintenance

 

Lawnworks, LLC

Active member

Gary Bailey

208 Sunflower Street

Princeton, WV 24739

304-716-6139

 

lawnworks4you.com

Landscape and lawn maintenance.

 

Native Havens, LLC

Active

James Dillon

27 Powers Drive

Kearneysville, WV 25430

302-363-3045

nativehavens.com

Landscape artchitect/designer, landscape construction, landscape and lawn maintenance, Certified Professional Horticulturist (Pennsylvania)

 

Premier Landscapes & Lawncare, Inc.

Active member

Justin S. White

121 Holland Ave.

Morgantown, WV 26501

304-288-0067

premierlandscapeswv.com

Landscape construction, lawn and landscape maintenance, hardscape design and installation, landscape lighting

 

Under new management:

Flowerscape

Active member

Eamon Barker

P.O. Box 13617

Charleston, WV 25312

304-470-0780  

flowerscapewv.com

Landscape construction, landscape and lawn maintenance, irrigation